Artist Spotlight- Joy Kinna

We are so thrilled to introduce to you a new feature on The Deeply Co- Artist Spotlight! We will be partnering with creatives we love and admire from time to time to introduce to you some new-to-us designers, artists, makers, movers, and shakers. In the process, we'll be giving you a glimpse into their lives and what they do to contribute beauty to this world. For a limited time, we'll be offering you the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind special collaboration pieces with our artist in spotlight. Get ready for some fun giveaways, too!

Without further ado, we'd like to introduce you to our very first artist spotlight guest, Joy Kinna. 

Joy Kinna is an artist living in the Vancouver, BC area. She is currently in the process of completing her honors in Fine Art + Design. Ever since Joy can remember, she had a paintbrush in her hand and a passion in her to create. From a young age the world of color has been her main inspiration. Mark making and allowing the canvas to come alive through a loose process is how she creates. Read on below as she was kind enough to answer a few questions for us!

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Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started in painting!

My name is Joy, and I have grown up my whole life in Langley, a town just outside of Vancouver, BC. I am married to my husband Mason, who is a musician and all around a huge inspiration to me. I have always loved creativity, colour and finding new ways to express my love for art.  It wasn’t until my second year in university where I began to explore painting; up until this point I would typical just draw when I created art.  One of the first classes I took that year was abstract painting, I fell in love with exploring this and the rest is history. 

Why painting as your chosen medium?

I find that painting, compared to other methods of creating, is much more free.  I love the process of painting.  For me painting brings peace in crazy seasons of life, but it also is just such a tangible way to express myself and my emotions. 

How has your style and inspiration changed over time? 

My style and inspiration has changed over time but there are aspects and threads of myself that end up in my work that seem to never change. I find myself changing colours, adding in different mediums, exploring new canvas sizes.  Although these seem minimal - I find some much joy in these little changes.  

How do you define beauty, and what does it mean in your art and your life?

Beauty... wow that's a big one. For me, beauty captures something that is too complex to explain with word. Often it is something that you feel.  Beauty inspires me to create, it gives me purpose to make art for the sake of aesthetics and for my love of beauty.  I believe beauty is a powerful thing and when we explore it, it can bring so much glory to our Creator! 

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Guilty pleasure?

Expensive smoothies.

Favorite song to jam out to?

Anything Colony House or Kings K. 

What do you love doing in your downtime?

I’m a huge fan of the beach, any time of the year. 

How would you describe this current season of life, and how does it affect your work?

The current season of life I find my husband and I are in is one of a lot of change, a lot of new territory.  I have been noticing as my life seems to be all changing around me it brings a different aspect to my work.  I find I am adjusting to the change and in my work I am allowing for brighter, bolder colours, more risk and yet it keeps me grounded.  

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What's your biggest dream?

My biggest dream is to raise a family and become a freelance artist while doing so. 

Where is your happy place?

Our little home. 

Who do you look up to most in art?

Heather Day is an artist in San Fran and I am in awe of her work and how she has impacted some of the largest companies in North America with her artwork. 

What's next for you?

My next step at this point is looking for a new studio.  I am in need of some more space to hold my work and to create in.  Changing where you create your art is always a big step but I’m looking forward to eventually finding a new space to create in. 

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Thank you so much, Joy, for sharing your beautiful gift with us and our community!

To shop her collection for The Deeply Co, go here

To shop her full collection and learn more about her work, check out her website or follow her on Instagram here.

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